Babylon - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: beertunes on 05-29-2012

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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 31
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber.

A: Pours a clear tangerine with one-inch off-white head which fades to the rim leaving splotchy lace.

N: Initially some floral and citrus notes. On warming mostly malts with trace fruits.

T: Balanced citrus and noble malts with some wheat, biscuits and nutty flavors. Alchohol is notable.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and bitter finish.

O: Follows the English style with olde malts in front followed by basic hops. Don't expect a West-Coast hop bomb or you will be disappointed, like I was.

Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed orange colored ale with a very tiny white colored head. This is most certainly IPA Orange.

Scent is sweet and most decidedly citrus in aroma. Strong orange, mild mint and strong tea. Mild pine but this is a citrus scented beer.

Starts out sweet with a melon and sweet tea taste. On the sweet side there is and edge of bitterness about it but caramel and melon are the major flavors. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer, but not a great beer.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice amber/ruby color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and some bubbles, a good amount of lacing

S: Pretty hard to distinguish but mainly a breadiness with with bitterings hops

T: As I am getting my growler filled the Ninkasi reps from Eugene walk in right behind so I immediately begin flinging questions. First off, I know this beer has a ig dose of Fuggles. It has a breadiness imparting a good dose of bitterness, dryness with some floral and citrus hints.

M: Medium bodied but it felt pretty heavy, dry, a bonifide Imperial English IPA. It was carbonated well and had no major issues

O: Pretty nice, different and easy to drink

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Red Hot the other night.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. Really don't pick up much on the nose... just some light malt, imparting something of a cherry, apple and light fresh bread aroma. As the beer warms I pick up some orange citrus as well. On the palate, I was surprised by how sweet this beer is. Normally, that's not really my thing in an IPA or DIPA, but this beer was pretty tasty. There was enough hoppy bitterness to counter and balance the sweetness pretty well (barely), and I was impressed by the finish on this beer (no heat or noticeable alcohol at all, though I kept on expecting to encounter some with each sip I took). In any event, I picked up considerable cherry, orange and apple in the moderately sweet flavor profile, but with the hoppy finish drying this beer out at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, lightly bitter finish. Alcohol, I'm guessing, is probably in the 8% to 9% range, though it was hard to tell.

A decent beer, and one I enjoyed, but am just not sure if I'm interested in revisiting this any time soon.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up as part of the Ninkasi 4x 22oz mix pack... Poured into my HotD goblet... long lasting light khaki head.. the brew is clear orange.

Hops on the nose show as earthy and grassy.. some sorta peachy fruitiness... pale malts are heavier than a standard PNW DIPA.

Malts on the palate have a definite English influence.. hops are more fruity, but there is still an earthy/grassy element... bitterness balances the malts nearly perfectly.. Very rich across the board.

Body is bigger than the standard drier PNW DIPA.. sorta creamy yet has a good carbonation.

This is a very interesting brew.. Unique in the DIPA land for sure (English malts and hops with a heavy PNW hand.... I like :-) I wish Ninkasi would make this at least a seasonal or take it out of the 4-packs.... I would buy it often.

3.5/3.5/3.75/3.5/3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a nice two finger white head with good retention and tons of lacing. Mild aroma of citrus hops and bready malt. Flavor starts fairly subdued, biscuit malt, mild stone fruits and light hops, but the hops slowly build to a pleasant earthy, lightly citrus and herbal hop bitterness with a nice balance of bittering hops. Nice malt body. Medium, slightly creamy body. A nice change from intense NW imperial IPAs, the basic ale is very British to start, but some of the more herbal fresh hops flavor shows up in the finish. Pleasant and different.

Photo of beertunes
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear coppery amber color with 3/4 of an inch of off-white head that had very good retention and a moderate amount of lacing.

The aroma started out with some musty (in a good way) pine and citrus hops, and under that was just enough malt to give solid support to those hops. The flavors had the citrus and grapefruit flavors more forward than the pine notes and the malt again provided a basic foundation.

The body was good and full, much more so than is typical for the style, but the finish was a touch too sticky for my tastes. Drinkability was pretty good, I would have a couple of these in a row, and I'm not the biggest IPA guy in the world. Overall, a nice beer that is on the above average side of typical for the style. worth trying when you see it.

Edit 5/18/13: I tried this brew again last night and found the beer to pretty similar, but with enough differences to post an update. The hops were a bit brighter and more notable, and the beer wasn't as sticky-sweet as the previous one. Still a very nice brew and worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 4.18.13

A - Pours a cloudy darker orange with a two inch foamy tan head with good retention.

S - Oranges and sweet malts.

T - Orange with sweet bready malts and a bitter finish.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body. Bitter finish.

O - More malty, but still tons of hoppy orange citrus.

Photo of Rutager
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Sweet grapes and tropical fruits, floral hops, slightly metallic, a little citrus and grainy sweet malt. Different and interesting.

Taste. Dark fruits and grapes, grassy hops with a little citrus, bitter earthy finish. Interesting again.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Very interesting hops in this one. More of the English varieties I'm guessing, maybe with some west coast style as well. I hate to analyze a beer more than the flavours, so nevermind what type of hops they are, it's just an interesting brew. Would probably really appeal to some, but for me it was just interesting and not amazing. Interesting. ...interesting. Should I say it again?

Photo of canucklehead
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A different take on the DIPA with the English slant of using Fuggles. This is still a huge DIPA with a 100 IBUs and over 9% ABV. It takes a few minutes to notice the subtle smoother mouthfeel and finish that separates it from the pure PNW style DIPAs. I really like the drink ability of this beer but also appreciated the Over the top notes that this style deserves.

Photo of flexabull
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a small white head.

Aromas are of hard candies, sugar, and some floral hops.

Taste starts out sweet, light caramel, creamy, with hard candy sweetness. Finish is crisp and dry, with citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with snappy carbonation, good body.

Overall, a pretty solid DIPA, I like the driness, but it's a bit too sweet for my liking though.

Photo of snaotheus
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a big mug

Pours a golden amber with a nice light tan head, clear, lots of carbonation. Smell is smooth, slightly spicy, mostly fresh wood and cut grass (hopefully not related to the lawnmowing I just completed).

Taste is bitter without being sharp. Bitterness is mostly grapefruit in nature. A little bit of spicy character, some sweetness is detectable behind the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is soft and round, and quite nice. Overall, I think this is a good beer, but not great.

Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured reddish-amber with a finger of off-white head. Mild aroma with some grainy caramel and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a nice full mouthfeel. Quite sweet with lots of caramel balancing some very nice pine and light citrus hops. Somewhat bready on the finish.

A little sweet but plenty tasty.

Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz : SN IPA Glass

Pours an amber orange with a foamy off white head.

Fruity hops, blend with a slightly earthy character and a full, malty backbone.

Full, creamy body with mild, foamy carbonation.

An interesting example of an English-style take of a DIPA. Still plenty of hops but they are fairly well balanced

Photo of Braz
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Tacoma Boys. Foggy amber gold in color, some chill haze. Bubbly frothy white head that doesn't sustain long. Smells of the woods and pine or spruce. Very nice aromatics. Taste is smooth and almost creamy. Slight lean toward bitter end of spectrum. Nice hop flavor. Mild sweetness but close to balanced. Not overpowering and actually pretty easy drinking. Body is smooth, creamy with mild carbonation. Very nice beer.

Photo of RJLarse
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Babylon Double IPA in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Appearance is a burnt orange color, hazy floating material, with a modest creamy off-white head.

Smell is faint, but a sweet citrus aroma.

The taste is very sweet up front, with a caramel candy flavor, giving way to a bitter pine flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not as cloying as it might be, but with a dry bitter aftertaste, and a touch of alcohol heat in the throat.

Not as drinkable as some DIPAs, but not horribly overpowering either. Just kind of run of the mill, slightly above average, for the style I guess?

Photo of Spikester
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber. Clear amber with a huge off white head that lasts a good five minutes. Lacing is good but not great.
Smell is dank.
Taste is malty sweet with the big hops expected but trailing all the way.
Mouthfeel is very close to Barleywine style. Carbonation is just right.
Overall they could cut the malts or sugars back, bump up the hops a bit and have a fine DIPA with a much lower abv. I did not find the alcohol too prominent in the flavor but the sweetness of this beer was too much for me.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a mason jar

A- Poured a dark hazy orange color with a small head that dissipated instantly and left no lace

S- Grape must, citrus, pungent pungent grapefruit, and olive juice in the aroma

T- Big pungent grape must and grapefruit flavors, some olive juice, citrus, and big caramel backbone. Moderate bitterness and prominent sweetness

M- Medium body, prickly carbonation, dry finish

O- A lot of sweetness in this DIPA. Overall a nice beer, with some pungent hop flavor and some strangely pleasant olive juice flavor (fyi i can't stand olives, but it works on this beer)

Photo of Murrhey
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half thick cream-colored head. Retention last for about a minute before shrinking to slumping froth near the edges. Lacing is thick but spotty. Hazy orange-red color. Low clarity. Just a smidge above average.

S- Floral and spicy notes, alcoholic undertones. Not a complex aroma but certainly appealing. Subdued with the hops which is the way I prefer it.

T- Alcoholic mellowness here, hits hard. The hops form a nice bitter backbone with a sweet honeyed amber malt forefront.

M- Creamy with a touch of alcoholic smoothness. Thin and mellow with a sticky wet finish.

O- The feel was the best part of this beer for me. Enjoyable, but falls prey to over-alcoholic tendencies. Honestly, I prefer that to a hop bomb, but still, not a superb beer.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a nice copper amber color supporting a nice head that sticks around awhile leaving spotty lace. Smell is rich in caramel malt with balance floral hop aroma. Tasting the sweetness of the malt that may overbalance the grapefruit bitterness of the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Overall it's not a bad DIPA, But personally I'm not into sweet beers and this is one of those.

Photo of NWer
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into SN/DFH Collab glass.
Beautiful. Abundant head retains well.
Aroma nothing to sniff at. Literally. A little weak here. Couldn't pick up much of anything.
Taste another matter. Nice balance of fruity taste from Fuggle hops and barley? So they say.
IBU claimed at 100+ but it's way more balanced than that. Doesn't strike me as a hop bomb which in this case is a good thing. Maybe because it's lacking the bitterness.
Taste lingers in the mouthfeel adding to the enjoyment.
I think this is a home run. Enjoyed immensely.
re: http://untappd.com/user/NWER/checkin/34291120

Photo of BierJager89
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque grapefruit color with a tan head.

S: Grapefruit and orange peels, orange and pine in the nose.

T: A bit sweet in general, but very sweet for a DIPA. Orange, tangerine, mango, papaya, lemon, lime and tropical fruit. Delicious!

M: Medium bodied and tingly, but not too harsh on the carbonation.

O: Underrated, and yet another excellent IPA from Ninkasi. Definitely recommended. I love the tropical flavors, tangerine and mango.

Photo of smekermann
2.87/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

You know what pisses me off about Ninkasi? It's that they obviously have the hype. Their state of residence is one filled with a lot of good breweries, making good to great to amazing IPAs. They could brew a great IPA if they wanted to, they obviously have the capacity, finances and manpower to create a good beer. They just choose not to.

This beer... I just don't understand it. Who's the target audience? Hopheads? It has a decent (not great, but decent) hop profile, followed by the most sickly sweet, sugary, malty aftertaste I've ever experienced in an IPA. I've had two sips and I'm already paranoid about the awesome hangover I'll have tomorrow due to the extra sugars in this. Seriously, though, I don't know who this beer is made for. Hopheads obviously have better choices in Boneyard, Deschutes, and a million other local Oregon breweries, fans of English IPAs will hate the hops used in this... I just don't understand the point of this beer. Maybe Ninkasi just hates everyone and hopes they all get diabetes by drinking this.

It's really frustrating for me because they obviously have the advertising side down pat. They know how to make a name for themselves. I just wish they'd finally create some beer worthy of all this goddamn hype. Literally every beer I've had from them has been either decent (Total Domination) to mediocre (Tricerahops) to kinda shit (this) to what the fuck were they thinking (Spring Reign -- I don't think I've ever, in my life, wanted to trade DOWN to a Heineken or a Grolsch, but this was that rare instance when I would have). I haven't had one single beer of theirs that has been worthy of this huge hype they've been receiving. It's absolutely mind-boggling. Anyway, whatever, this beer was the final straw for me. I've completely written off this brewery; they're obviously more interested in creating hype for themselves than the actual art of craft beer so there's absolutely no point in even trying anything else of theirs. I know exactly what I'll get: a lot of buzzwords and a shit beer. No, thanks.

Photo of Sarlacc83
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Belmont Station.

A: Cloudy light copper color with a very thin lacing. No legs. It doesn't look too bad, but it doesn't have anything to recommend it.

N: Subtle grassy nose with a fair amount of dried pineapple. There's a little bit of marijuana and something akin to...glue?Lots of pine floor. Where's the dry hopping?

T: Very bready with a lot of bitterness throughout the middle. There's hints of malt and a lot of straw. Peppercorns and spiciness. Some residual sugars add sweetness to the back of the palate.

M: Not too bad. Very dry and moderately resinous.

O: A subpar DIPA. I don't expect a ton from Ninkasi, but it seems to me they can do better than this. I would not buy this again unless the recipe was changed.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a rich orangey-yellow colour. There are really inviting notes of caramel, pine, pineapple and marmalade on the nose. Taste-wise these distinct notes don't carry through as much. It's big and sweet and fruity and hoppy, though in more of an earthy way. This drinks more like an imperial English IPA. Very different from Ninkasi's Tricerahops in nearly every way.

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